Police: Man hangs himself by jumping off moving lorry

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PETALING JAYA: Just three days after joining a transport company, a former patient of Hospital Bahagia decided to end his life by jumping off a moving lorry, in Penang yesterday.

The lorry attendant had fastened a rope on to the passenger door of the lorry and slipped the other end around his neck just before making his sudden exit, shocking his colleague who was driving the vehicle at the time, TheSun reported.

The incident occurred yesterday afternoon in Prai Industrial Zone 1, Seberang Prai.

The lorry driver told police later that he thought his new assistant was just joking when the latter spoke of wanting to end his life.

“Suddenly, the driver noticed the deceased had taken a rope, which they use to tie up goods, and tied it around his throat and also the passenger handle.

“He then opened the door and jumped off the lorry,” the daily quoted Central Seberang Prai district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid as saying.

The deceased was reportedly a 35-year-old man from Kampung Changkat Perah, Batuk Kurau, in Perak.

Police later learnt from the deceased’s wife that he had undergone treatment at Hospital Bahagia Tanjung Rambutan, Perak about three years ago.

“The wife said the deceased recently told her that he had heard a voice whispering to him and also sensed someone was following him.

“There were no criminal elements found at the scene,” Nik Ros Azhan told TheSun.